Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Monday, September 5th, is our 40th wedding anniversary.  The time sure has gone by fast.  We can hardly believe that it has be 40 years least until we realize that our youngest child is 31 and our oldest is 37...and a look in the mirror kind of helps.  Forty years of marital bliss.  I like what Peter said in 1 Peter 3:7, You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.  Living with and loving my beautiful Dayle has been the greatest blessing that I ever could have imagined.  It certainly has been the grace of life!

Originally we wanted to take an Alaskan cruise, but due to the situation here at Bethany Bible Church we are unable to get away.  So, we decided to postpone the trip until next year.  Well, the good folks at the church threw us a little party this evening.  It was very sweet of them as were all the desserts. They sure make us feel loved.  Several have said that they would like for us to remain as pastor, but we have assured them that God does have the right man for them and we all have to be patient and faithful.  God does and will provide!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

We are still here.

So much has happened since my last post.  Dayle spent two weeks in California helping my sister pack up my mom's house, clean it, conduct two yard sales, and the hand it over to the new owner.  Then we moved her in with my sister and her family.

I stayed in Lake Havasu as I have been very busy with preparing a series on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage; Helping prepare some constitutional changes that have to be made before we can consider bringing in a candidate.  We still have a man in mind and if the changes are made he and his wife will come to actually candidate.  If called, most likely the soonest he could be in place would be the first of December.  So we will be here at least until then.

Meanwhile, we continue to enjoy the high temperatures of the desert.  Today was a mild 108 degrees.  For the past few weeks temperatures have been over 110 and as high as 121.  At least at night it cools off to the 90's.  But the good thing is that I have gotten used to sleeping with the air conditioners and fans running.  We also get to enjoy some strange looking clouds and weather patterns.  Below is a picture of a down pour that seemingly instantly appeared.  No, it is not a fire nor is it a nuclear explosion.

Dayle is leaving on Tuesday (9/6), the day after our 40th anniversary, for Mexico City to be with her sister.  Ellen has been a missionary in Mexico for 30 years and the church is honoring her for her work.

Our application process to be missionaries under N.I.C.E. (Northwest Independent Church Extension of the IFCA) is still progressing.  We are hopeful that all will be completed in order to have our final interview with the NICE board at the Regional Conference in Astoria, Oregon during the first week of October.

Prayer requests:
1.  For my sister and her family as they have some difficult and stressful times ahead.
2.  My mom's salvation.
3.  The upcoming constitutional revision meeting on September 18th
4.  The pastoral search process at Bethany Bible Church
5.  Dayle as she travels to Mexico